The 2016 DNC convention was under way in the City of Philadelphia, presided over by a new chairperson, replacing one thrown under the bus the day before. At the conclusion of the convention, a tribute to Comrade Hillary was called for. Of course, everyone stood up (just as they had leaped to their feet during the convention with every mention of her name). The convention center echoed with 'stormy applause, rising to an ovation.' For three minutes, four minutes, five minutes, the 'stormy applause, rising to an ovation,' continued.
But palms were getting sore and raised arms were already aching. And the older delegates were panting from exhaustion. It was becoming insufferably silly even to those who feared Hillary Clinton.
However, who would dare to be the first to stop? Bernie Sanders could have done it. He was standing on the platform, and it was he who had just called for the ovation. But he was an outsider. He was afraid! After all, Hillary's thugs were standing in the hall applauding and watching to see who would quit first!
The terrified delegates and reporters continued to applaud — six, seven, eight minutes! At the rear of the convention center, which was crowded, they could of course cheat a bit, clap less frequently, less vigorously, not so eagerly — but up there in front where everyone could see them?
Bernie Sanders, who had posed to his follower as an independent and strong-minded man, stood with the Hillary and her cronies. Nine minutes! Ten! In anguish he watched the DNC chairperson, but the latter dared not stop. Insanity! To the last man, woman, and transgender!
With make-believe enthusiasm on their faces, looking at each other with faint hope, the delegates were just going to go on and on applauding till they fell where they stood, till they were carried out of the hall on stretchers!
Then, after eleven minutes, an exhausted Bernie Sanders collapsed. And, oh, a miracle took place! Where had the universal, uninhibited, indescribable enthusiasm gone? To a delegate, everyone else stopped dead and sat down. They had been saved.
That same night Bernie Sanders was arrested. They easily pasted ten years on him on the pretext of something quite different. But after he had signed his confession, the final document of the interrogation, his interrogator reminded him: "Don’t ever be the first to stop applauding!"
With apologies to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.